SEFER HA-TEMUNAH (pseudepigraphic kabbalistic work, attributed to Rabbi Ishmael, preceded by Sod Shem ha-Meyuchad). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
Copied by Abraham Abush of Lublin [Swarzedz (near Posen)], early 18th century
4o (190 x 160 mm). 227 leaves. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script script. (Browning, especially in the last part, and minor repairs, otherwise good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled red morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Pseudepigraphic kabbalistic work, attributed to Rabbi Ishmael, but probably composed in the 1270s. The manuscript contains parts i-iii of Sefer ha-Temunah, preceded by Sod Shem ha-Meyuchad (fols. 1r-8r), which is printed after Sefer ha-Temunah in the editions, and the commentary on the Divine Name of Seventy-Two Letters in a different order from that published in Sefer Raziel (Fols. 8r-36r). See G. Scholem, Ursprung und Anfnge der Kabbala (1962) p. 407-419; idem, Ha-Kabbalah shel Sefer ha-Temunah (Jerusalem 1965); EJ 15, cols. 999-1000. First published in Korets 1784 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 600, no. 38).
On fols. 194-227 Kelalim (kabbalistic rules) by Hayyim Vital, in a different hand, includes two sets of rules, one with 12 paragraphs and another containing 79 paragraphs, and a few other extracts of kabbalah. According to a colophon at the end of Sefer ha-Temunah (fol. 192v) the manuscript was copied by Abush [= Abraham Abush] of Lublin, a dayyan in Swarzedz near Posen. In a handwritten Pinkas from Swarzedz (MS JTS 3652), the same Abush signed documents in the years 1707-1729.
MS B144 in the library of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy in St. Petersburg is a copy of this manuscript, complete with the scribe's colophon, produced in 1766-68.
Daniel Itzig (stamped).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 69, p. 24; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4736.